Use Ladders Safely

Follow safety tips to keep you from an injury sustained on a ladder.

•  Make sure your ladder is long enough for you to reach the job without standing on the top three steps or overextending your body.

•  Check the ladder for cracks or weak spots before you use it. Metal ladders should have nonskid steps and footings. (Don’t paint a ladder; you’ll hide defects.)

•  Make sure the soles of your shoes or boots are dry and have enough tread to prevent slipping.

•  Always steady a ladder on firm ground or a flat board.

•  Never place a ladder in front of a door that someone may open.

•  Wear tools on a belt or keep them in your pocket so you can keep your hands free when climbing up or down a ladder.

•  To avoid losing your balance while standing on a ladder, don’t lean too far back or to the side.

•  Don’t use a ladder outdoors on a very windy day.

•  To avoid electrocution, don’t use metal ladders near power lines.

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